Sib­lings pro­tect ba­bies

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AUS­TRALIAN par­ents have been re­minded of the im­por­tance of vac­ci­nat­ing older chil­dren against the flu to pro­tect younger sib­lings from the po­ten­tially deadly virus.

A UK study of 400,000 Scot­tish chil­dren, pub­lished in the , found chil­dren un­der two years were twice as likely to be ad­mit­ted to hos­pi­tal with the flu if they have an older sis­ter or brother. Dr Brian Oliver, who leads the Res­pi­ra­tory Molec­u­lar Patho­gen­e­sis Group at the Univer­sity of Tech­nol­ogy, Syd­ney and the Wool­cock In­sti­tute, says par­ents can bet­ter pro­tect ba­bies by get­ting older sib­lings vac­ci­nated. New­borns also get pro­tec­tion if moth­ers get the flu shot while preg­nant, he says. “If you want to pro­tect chil­dren ... make sure that other chil­dren (are) ... im­mu­nised.”

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